Wallis W Collection – it’s almost here.

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The new season collection from the Wallis ‘W’ collection is almost here. The latest drop is due to be unveiled on Sunday 15th September, but I have a special Friday treat with a preview of some of the exquisite pieces that will be available. The whole collection is an absolute treat, I dare you to resist adding some of this to your essential Autumn wardrobe.

The W collection is always something special. The Spring/Summer edit was full of pastel colour and floral prints, and was a really successful blend of feminine prints and masculine tailoring. This time around, the palette is strikingly stark, black, grey, winter white, and one devilish splash of colour in the form of colour clash florals.

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There is a definite minimalistic feel to the whole collection. Mannish tailoring is at the fore in the form of tuxedo style jackets and dresses, peg trousers and a range of masculine inspired coats, from military cuts to cosy parkas. Dress shapes are simple, but take in all lengths from the mini to the maxi, and there are sleeves – great news for all those ladies who hate the top of their arms. There are splashes of embellishment, but these are kept to specific pieces – the main message of this collection is that less is definitely more.

Black Sequin Midi dress £85 click to visit Wallis

Black and White Silk Tunic £85 Click to visit Wallis

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Coat £99 click to visit Wallis

Coat £120 click to visit Wallis

This is a very French influenced collection, it could almost be called ‘effortless French Style’, You can see elements of the style of Carinne Roitfeld and her successor at French Vogue, Emmanuelle Alt.

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The ‘W’ collection at Wallis is exciting, tailored and classic. Full of pieces that will really earn their place in your wardrobe, this collection shows that glamorous needn’t be overly feminine, and that monochrome and fifty shades of grey can be just as exciting as a bloom of colour.

The W collection will be in stores from the 15th September, put the date in your fashion diary.

Paris Fashion Week – Front Row Style.

Paris fashion week is well-known for the starriest and most stylish front rows, and this year has been no exception. From Princess Charlene who shone in gold on the front row at Akris, to Clemence Poesy and Uma Thurman flying the flag for Chanel, the front rows have been a good combination of star power and style power.

Here are some of my favourite front row looks, and how you can channel the look for a fraction of the cost.

Carinne Roitfeld and Jennifer Hudson both looked fabulous in the simple, but very stylish pencil skirt and shirt combo.  Pencil skirts are a hot story this year,it was only last week that the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted buying a green version from Topshop, and they can only ever look chic. You could take inspiration from this look on the high street at Oasis and Miss Selfridge. Of course, the amount of buttons you leave open is up to you…

Oasis ponte pencil skirt £30 click to visit oasis-stores.com

Miss Selfridge black utility shirt

Little black dresses

Olivia, Clemence and Uma prove that the little black dress can mean many things to many different people. Olivia wears the daring see-through creation to dramatic effect. This can be copied on the high street in a range of maxi skirts with sheer panels. Clemence looks so pretty in this embellished design that has a Black swan feel to it, whilst Uma is the epitome of traditional Chanel, in the timeless boucle style jacket and frayed edged dress. All three looks show that, once again, black is back.

Oasis Boucle jacket £65 

Miss Selfridge Black Macrame maxi dress £50 

Miss Selfridge black split maxi skirt £37 

Princess Power

Whilst London Fashion Week  had P-Middy at Alice Temperley, Akris had the lovely Princess Charlene, who took her place a few seats away from Anna Wintour. She wore a golden Akris dress and sandals. Golden/Champagne shades look so much more flattering on most skin types than nude shades, and Reiss has a range of beautiful dresses in most caramel/gold shades.

Reiss Casablanca asymmetric draped dress £179 

Coast Annalee dress £135 

The Bright’s

Liv Tyler and Poppy Delavigne were on hand to bring some colour and pattern to the proceedings. Liv’s directional floral tunic style dress was an unusual style which I’m not altogether sure of, but I did love the bright flower print. Poppy Delavigne went for a gorgeous pleated dress in one of the seasons hottest colours, royal blue. The block shade looked great against her blonde hair as she posed outside the Dior show. You can take your style inspirations from Liv’s large flowers and Poppy’s shade of blue this winter.

Oasis floral print tunic £60 

Dorothy Perkins blue crossover pleated dress

Alexa

Alexa Chung arrived at the Stella McCartney show very late, but showed star quality later at the YSL show in her black and red satin dress. Her look was probably my favourite from Paris, just loving those pockets in that dress!